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Where are your treasures stored?  Are they locked behind a heavy metal vault at the bank?

Are they hidden somewhere in your home?

Maybe they’re secured away in the form of CD’s.

Maybe you wear them everyday on your fingers, wrist, and around your neck.

Maybe you put them on your feet and on your body.

Maybe you drive it everyday.

Or maybe you sit back, relax, and watch it as often as you can.

Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Matthew 6: 19-21

It’s wonderful if you’ve been able to accumulate treasures of financial worth here on earth, but what treasures have you amassed in Heaven?  Take an inventory of your earthly and heavenly treasures.

Which one outweighs the other?

If you have more treasures stored up on earth than you do in Heaven, it’s time to re-prioritize.  Our earthly treasures will not follow us when we die, but our lack of heavenly treasures will, and by then it will be too late to make amends with the One who will judge us all.

Remember what Jesus said.  “…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Where is your heart?  Is it with Jesus or is it completely entangled with the materialisms of this world?

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Kindness

Whatever happened to common courtesy?

The other day, I said, “Hi”, to the cashier at the counter, and he looked at me as if I’d just offended him.  It happens frequently.  Sometimes it’s a female, and she’ll mumble a ‘Hi’ back.  Sometimes my friendly gesture is simply not returned.  And I wonder – what’s so difficult about saying one word?

We’re living in an angry world.  And that anger has caused things like road rage, riots, spur of the moment killings, and a great misuse of the tongue…you know…running off at the mouth.  People die because of that last one alone.

There’s a thin line between being mad, and being angry.  Webster defines anger as “a strong feeling of displeasure…”  It defines mad as “a fit or mood of bad temper.”  It also defines mad as being “carried away by intense anger, marked by intense and often chaotic activity.

Anger not only leads to injury, death, and prison.  But like a cancer, it slowly, quietly destroys your physical health.  The next thing you know you’re complaining about an ache here, an ache there.  Think about it…there may be a connection.

So, why this level of anger?

I know what it was for me.  I was missing the love, peace, security, and comfort of Jesus Christ.  But ever since I accepted Him into my heart, He has cleansed me of the foul language I used to use to express my anger.  The rage I used to sometimes feel inside over some insignificant thing is now gone.  I stay close to Him because if I don’t the old me will most definitely return.  My enemy, satan, will see to that!

There’s another hidden consequence of anger; one that causes the most damage of all, and that is the damage it causes to your soul.

Paul said in Ephesians 4:26, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  He said, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Are you struggling with an angry spirit?  Would you like to be tenderhearted?  Let Jesus Christ help you.  Surrender your anger – and everything else – to Him.  Confess whatever sins your anger may have caused you to commit.

The Bible says, “…the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20)  That means if you are full of anger, you cannot be pleasing to God.

We are to “be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” (James 1:19).  That means we should be quick to listen, slow to run our mouths, and even slower to get angry.

Confess your sins to Jesus Christ, and ask Him to come into your heart and take control.  He died on the cross so that you could live forever with Him.  It is an amazing gift of love just waiting for you to receive.

Accept Jesus Christ as your PERSONAL Lord and Savior, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive God’s precious gift of eternal life in Heaven and He will help you with your issue of anger.

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”  (Colossians 3:8)  Jesus Christ will help you do this.  He did it for me.

Now, there are some things we should get angry about – injustices done to the innocent, the young, the old, and the helpless.  But in expressing that anger we should remember to “sin not”.  Then there are some battles not worth fighting – and certainly not worth dying over.

We must choose our battles carefully.  It is better to be kind and live, than to be angry and die too soon.

Let us surrender and give God the Glory.

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Surrender

This little survey is meant for everyone to take a look at his or her own soul.  You take a look at yours, I’ll take a look at mine.

1)  What is the #1 most important thing or person in your life?  Is it God?

2)  Have you made up your own beliefs about God?

3)  Have you ever used the phrase, “Oh my God”, in a casual way (i.e. you weren’t even thinking about God when you said it)?  Or have you ever used the Holy name of Jesus Christ as part of a filthy cuss word?

4)  Have you ever dishonored or disobeyed your parents?

5)  Have you ever acted hateful or thought hateful things about someone else?

6)  Have you ever lusted after someone?

7)  Have you ever stolen anything?  (It can be as small as a…Suzy Q or as big as a car.  If it wasn’t yours, and you took it…that’s stealing.)

8)  Have you ever told a lie?  (This includes little “white” lies)

9)  Have you ever wished that you could take something away from someone else or wished you had what they had?  That’s called covetousness.

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions you are GUILTY!

And so is everybody else.

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23

But what is sin?

“Every one that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.”  1John 3:4

Therefore, sin is the breaking of God’s law.

So, if you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions above like I did, that means you have broken God’s law, which makes you a what…?  Sinner – that’s right.

BUT

Jesus Christ paid for our sins when He suffered and died on the cross!

I surrendered my life to Jesus, and I was forgiven of my sins.  God said He would remember them no more.  He has sent a helper, the Holy Spirit, to help me live a life that is pleasing to Him.

And what did I have to give up?  What did I lose?  Let’s see…cussing, acting in a hateful manner, lying, stealing, fornicating, disrespectful behavior.  Hmm…aren’t those all the things that have the world in the messed up state it’s in now?

For all of those who are saved, and all those who know God’s commandments but do not obey Him, it’s like crucifying Jesus Christ over and over again.  I asked this question before:

How long do you think God is going to keep waiting on you before He says times up?  It’s over!

I, myself, am not willing to take that chance.  I live my life for Jesus Christ, and I am living.  Once I decided to drop the anger and the attitudes, to forgive and not hate.  I became free.

Sometimes, because I am still a work in progress, I speak too quickly when I should be listening.  Sometimes, I form an opinion without adequate facts.  But the marvelous thing about having Jesus in my life is that He let’s me know in my heart and conscience when I have done, said or thought something I should not have.  I pray for His guidance, and I can count on Him.  And He has  NEVER let me down!

You can be free too – if you want to be.  You don’t have to live with attitude.  You don’t have to be weighed down with hatred and anger and whatever else plagues you.  You CAN have peace and direction.

That’s what God wants to give you…and more.  That’s how He meant for you to live.  But you have to trust Him.  You have to surrender.

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